Sunday, June 30, 2013

We've been busy.

Doing a little bit of this:

Doing lots of this:

Trying to do this (and failing miserably, I mean I skied into the chairlift pylon, for goodness sake!):

Doing this better than he thought he could (yep, that's an intermediate slope!):

Doing this:

Avoiding these:

And making a weeks worth of family memories:

Saturday, June 15, 2013

An oldie.

I haven't shared this layout yet. I scrapped it some time ago, but I've only just remembered to photograph it.

I love this photo so much of my grandparents and my kids. It was taken the last time we saw them before they moved interstate. We miss them and the kids always ask after them. I know they are probably better off in the warmer climate and all, but it doesn't make the little ache go away.

And I must say I am a bit in love with the rolled flower dies I bought at the Papercraft Festival last year at Penrith. In fact, I think I spent the best part of my money in this shop. Check out The Papercraft Hub for these and other dies. I also have some doily ones which are my current fave.

Well, I think I might venture out to the craft room to finish the layout I started last night. If not, then I might start packing for the retreat next week. Bring. It. On.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

So I've been Smashing.

I did indeed get myself a Smash album. I must say, I love it. I got the pink one for one reason and one reason only: the book page. Yep, that one on the bottom row and in the middle.

So anyway, I oohed and aahed over it for quite some time. I had no idea what theme to go with. Then I decided, well, how about me? I haven't scrapped much about me and my interests and motivations etc. Then I came across a bunch of photos of myself! I was very excited to start this journey of the last 33 years.

Here's my first page:

And then because I do love this book so much, I decided to get another one. I have no idea what theme to go with yet. I'll end up getting more and then putting them in my 'too good to use' pile. There's lots of stuff on that pile...

And I saw this. Which I can totally relate to.

And I'm the baby in my mums arms, in case you were wondering.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Some more Bazaar.

I created these layouts when I was at the Storyboard Kit's retreat. I think you can tell. I was surrounded by the most amazing scrapbookers, so it is easy to draw inspiration from them.

These layouts were for the Blue Bazaar April Kit.

Yes, I thought the title 'Little Pickers' to be very funny.

Oh these photos make me so happy. My little girl, who is not so little anymore!

In other news, we went to Vivid last night in at Sydney. All my photos turned out awful so I won't post any here. I took my monopod, but I think the photos were worse than holding the camera with my hands. Does anyone have any tips on how to actually use the monopod?

Anyway, our train got stuck at Town Hall because the crowds at Circular Quay were unsafe. So, we went one stop to Wynyard and hopped off and went home! I like people sure enough. I don't like crowds! I hope next year that all the light installations are spread out across the city and not in two concentrated areas. Crazy!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

No, you can't have one.

When your kids spend a day riding ponies and playing with dachshunds, this is the type of sentence which you find yourself speaking, repeatedly.

Yes, ponies and miniature horses are cute. Even those funny little sausage dogs are cute. No, you can't have one. Why? We already have a dog and a cat... and because the poos don't come in miniature form.

Amy loved the little dachshunds.

And Kate even cracked a smile. A rare thing.

And somehow in this crazy, mixed up day, my husband participated in a group photo with the kids and he actually smiled. Wonders will never, ever cease.

And while they were having fun at our friends house, I went with Sarah on a girlie day to Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens and then to Kurrajong Markets. A great day indeed for the Jarrett family!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Winter Scarf.

For the last three Winters I have had this insane urge to make myself a scarf. It takes me a couple of goes to decide on the pattern I like. This year I wanted to crochet it. Because it's quicker. And I'm lazy all for quick results.

I also had the most beautiful Moda Vera Beetle yarn. Then I found the Urban Shells pattern over at Ravelry, and I must say, it was a match made in heaven.

There was one point where I couldn't understand the pattern:

Row 3: ch2, sh (shell) in first st, *sk 2 st, dc in next st, sk 2 st, sh in next st, rep from *.

Yes, I know. Only Row 3. So I took a good look at the photo and worked it out myself. Aren't all the best ideas created from accidents? So apparently, I created all my shell stitches incorrectly the entire way through, but I don't care. I love this scarf. I love the colour, I love the warmth.

If you do decide to make the scarf there's a few things I wish I had known. Firstly, the pattern states that you need to start with a multiple of 5 +1 chain. It's actually a multiple of 6 as each shell section is 6 + something. I'm not too good at this extra chains for turning thing.

Secondly, it asks only for 300m. I found this to be not enough even for my fun size stature. What a damn shame to have to go back to Spotlight for another ball of yarn. Damn shame.

And yes, I totally did the whole scarf/photoshoot thing. Thanks Sarah for taking the last photo. But that's another post for another day.

And did you notice no reference to the other two scarves? That's because I never even took a photo of them. Oops. But I did make them. :)